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To comply with its mission of being a gateway of learning with an emphasis on early childhood, the Library makes available computer workstations for use by its patrons of all ages.

Computer and Internet Policy

The Library cannot monitor or control the information accessed over the Internet and is not responsible for its content. Currently, the Internet is an unregulated medium. As such, while it offers access to a wealth of information that is personally, professionally, and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages, it also enables access to some material that may be offensive, disturbing and/or illegal. Individual users are responsible for the sites they reach.

The Library cannot control the accuracy or the validity of the information, availability of links, or material some may find offensive. The Internet is a global entity with a highly diverse user population and Library patrons use it at their own risk.

It is the library’s policy that parents or legal guardians are responsible for deciding what library materials are resources are appropriate for their minor children. Supervision or restriction of a child’s access to the Internet, as with all library resources, is the responsibility of the parent or guardian. Children also bear the responsibility of using library resources properly.

The Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, direct or indirect, or loss of privacy, arising from the use of its Internet workstations.

Acceptable Use

Use of the Library’s computer workstations shall be guided by the following principles:

  1. Respect for the privacy of others.
  2. Attention to the legal protection provided by copyright and license to programs and data.

Unacceptable Use

The Library’s computer workstations may not be used for any purposes, which violate U.S. or state laws such as the propagation of computer worms and viruses.

  1. Users may not represent themselves as other persons.
  2. Malicious use is not acceptable.
  3. Unsolicited advertising is not acceptable.
  4. Computer resources shall not be used to access pornographic or illegal materials.
  5. Purchases made on the workstations are made at your own risk.  There is no security for credit card numbers or account numbers in the Library’s software.

Failure to comply with the above policies will result in the loss of computer and/or Library privileges. 

Reviewed by the Ashville Free Library Board of Trustees 5/24/2022